• <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 45. A complete edition of the rare and popular <i>Mer des Histoires,</i> 1543. Est. $28000 to $35000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 64. Kircher's fascinating cross-section of the earth's interior, 1682. Est. $1600 to $1900
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 68. Geographical guide to a man's heart with obstacles "clearly marked", 1960. Est. $200 to $300
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 75. Jansson's rare carte-a-figures map of the Americas in full original color, 1645. Est. $7000 to $8500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 107. Includes famous Gallatin map and portraits of North American Indians, 1840. Est. $900 to $1100
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 231. A hot-air balloon perspective of California's famous Wine Country, 1979. Est. $150 to $180
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 236. Lovely chromolithograph of California Street in San Francisco, 1864. Est. $1000 to $1300
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 446. Rare German satirical map of World War I, 1915. Est. $1800 to $2200
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 543. Olearius' important plan of Moscow, 1647. Est. $1800 to $2200
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 660. Robert Walton's scarce, separately-issued carte-a-figures map, 1660. Est. $6000 to $7000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 702. Rare engraving of flags from "Le Neptune Francois", 1700.<br>Est. $950 to $1200
    <b>Old World Auctions (Nov 1-14):</b><br>Lot 719. Two-volume geographical grammar & dictionary with 20 maps, 1795. Est. $450 to $550
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Illuminated manuscript on parchment with gold leaf initial words – Seder Tikunei Shabbat by the Arizal (Pressburg, 1744). $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Manuscript on parchment – Hilchot HaRif on many tractates – personal copy of Rabbi Shlomo Luria, the Maharshal, with his signatures and glosses – Spain, 14th century. $400,000 to $500,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> The Ramchal Machzor – His personal copy with hundreds of Kabbalistic glosses handwritten by the Ramchal. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Passport of Rebbe Aharon Rokeach of Belz – with his photograph and signature – issued in preparation for leaving Eretz Israel during the War of Independence. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Keter HaRabbanut –Certificate of appointment of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, author of Divrei Yoel, as Rabbi of Satmar – 1928. $120,000 to $150,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Sipurei Ma’asiot by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov – First edition (Ostroh, 1815) – handwritten correction by Rabbi Natan of Breslov and unknown title page. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Five Books of the Torah with the Or HaChaim Commentary – two volumes – first edition (Venice, 1741). $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> The Inquisition of Bologna – Collection of handwritten documents – trials and investigations of Jews by the Inquisition of Bologna (15th century). $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Theodor Herzl – ‘The Jewish State’ – First edition in original wrappers (Vienna-Leipzig, 1896). $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Collection of newspapers printed on the day of Israel’s Declaration of Independence – Jerusalem, 1948. $6,000 to $10,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Declaration of Independence of Israel – Final draft of Israel’s Scroll of Independence with invitation and ticket to the Declaration session. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Kedem, Nov. 13:</b> Twenty-five photographs – Visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Palestine, 1898. $6,000 to $10,000
  • <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>The first edition, in the original wrappers, of the first part of Pushkin’s masterpiece – ‘a bibliographical rarity of the highest order’ (Smirnov-Sokol’skii). £25,000 to £35,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>The very rare first edition of Gogol’s first masterpiece and his first obtainable book. £50,000 to £70,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>The first edition of Dostoevsky's <i>Brat'ia Karamazovy</i> (1830) in a superb contemporary cloth presentation binding. £22,000 to £30,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>The first edition of the first version of the opening of <i>War and Peace,</i> with the original paper covers. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>An early corrected typescript of Akhmatova's <i>Poema bez geroia</i> (July 1946) £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>A presentation copy of the first edition of <i>Kamen</i> (1913) inscribed by Mandel'shtam to his early mentor the poet Viacheslav Ivanov. £60,000 to £90,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>Rare autograph correspondence from Vladislav Khodasevich, including a manuscript of his long poem 'Sorrento Photographs' (1921). £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Christie’s London, 28 November:</b><br>An important letter from Marina Tsvetaeva to the poet Nikolai Tikhonov (1935) in which she challenges Pasternak and his views on poetry. £12,000 to £18,000

Rare Book Monthly Articles - February - 2010 Issue

Hammer2009

Book Auction Prices Declined in 2009...<i>But...</i>

By Michael Stillman

A detailed look at book auction results for 2009 reveals that virtually every important number was down. The most telling number - median sales price - was down. Sell through rates were down. The ratio of items sold above the high estimate to those sold below the low estimate was down. The number of auctions held and number of items offered were down. So why are we celebrating these seemingly woeful results? The answer is that these declines, particularly in terms of median price, were surprisingly small. We expected a much steeper decline, but the drop in median pric...

Noimage

A Page from the Future

By Bruce McKinney

For years, the changing economics of booksellers’ catalogues have caused headaches for booksellers. In decades past, such catalogues were often substantial; the number of items...

Halas-volk

Bookselling - It's a Business: Year and Decade in Review

By Susan Halas & Chris Volk

Many independent booksellers found 2009 was a better than expected year with a stronger than expected finish. It was also marked the end of a decade when everyone...

Noimage

Heritage: Two Sales in Beverly Hills

By Bruce McKinney

Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, the ascendant auction house rising from the flat lands of Texas, is entering the west coast collectibles auction market - bringing its uni...

Rhsbooktheft

<i>In The News:</i> "Tome Raider" In Jail Again, Book Returned 90 Years Late, New Publications

By Michael Stillman

It was a most unmerry Christmas for book thief William Jacques. Jacques is England's notorious "Tome Raider" of the 1990s, who allegedly did not learn his lesson. As they say...

Wrightpacking01

To Reuse or Not to Reuse, That is the Question

By Karen Wright

Wow! When I put a call out to two different booksellers' organizations, IOBA and my ABS group, asking for comments and opinions about wrapping books in new or reused materials, ...

Noimage

LA: A Hot Spot for Books in February

By Bruce McKinney

The ABAA, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, stages its biennial Book Fair in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from February 12-14. The ABAA ex...

Kindle v books

Printed Books vs. E-Readers: We're Ready to Make a Call

By Michael Stillman

There were several developments and news items concerning electronic readers appearing over the past few weeks, and while we will attempt to summarize a few of them, we don't...

Noimage

The Loot Returns

By Bruce McKinney

Sotheby's recently completed an exhibition of material from the James S. Copley collection of printed and manuscript Americana that will be sold beginning later this year. The...

Rushu

Rare Book Library Sells 3,700 Book Collection

By Michael Stillman

It was one of the largest, single owner book sales in recent memory, but it passed by virtually unnoticed. This was not an ordinary sale, as it also involved the extremely to...

Noimage

Important Maps to test the Market

By Bruce McKinney

In a day or two Sotheby's will add an auction to its calendar. It will be the necessary next step for Frank Benevento, a map collector who entered the collecting field a decad...

Northern lighthouse

British Lighthouse Board Sells Collection of Early Voyage Books

By Michael Stillman

Much of a distinguished institutional book collection, hundreds of years in the making, went up for sale in January, with the results much better than anticipated. There's al...

Cats02-10

Eight New Catalogues Reviewed This Month

This month we review eight new booksellers' catalogues. David Lesser Antiquarian Books focuses on Americana, while Clark Rare Books features primarily the American West. Librairie Thomas-Scheler, o...

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  • <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>A Farewell To Arms,</i> 1929. $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> William Faulkner, <i>Go Down Moses,</i> 1942. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Vanity Of Dulouz,</i> 1968. $250-350
    <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> Gertrude Stein, <i>The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,</i> 1933. $150-250
    <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> John Steinbeck, Three first editions. Comprising <i>Of Mice and Men, Covici-Friede,</i> 1937. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> Dalton Trumbo, <i>Johnny Got His Gun,</i> 1939. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Online-Only Auction, 20th Century Literature, Nov 15:</b> Evelyn Waugh, <i>Vile Bodies,</i> 1930. $400 to $600
  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Jack London, <i>The Sea-Wolf,</i> first edition, second issue, in rare dust jacket, New York, 1904. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems, </i> first edition, ex-collection Al Hirschfeld, Paris, 1923. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye,</i> first edition, review copy, signed, New York, 1970. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Edgar Allan Poe, <i>Tales,</i> first edition, first printing, New York, 1845. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> J.D. Salinger, <i>The Catcher in the Rye,</i> first edition, first issue in unrestored dust jacket, 1951. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Walt Whitman, <i>Complete Poems & Prose,</i> first collected edition, signed on sectional title Leaves of Grass, Camden, 1888. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> George Orwell, <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four,</i> first edition, London, 1949. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451,</i> group of 3 typescripts, signed & inscribed by Bradbury. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Henry David Thoreau, <i>The Writings,</i> manuscript edition in original binding, 20 volumes, Boston, 1906. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>May-Day & Other Pieces,</i> first edition, signed & inscribed by author to nephew, Boston, 1867. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 13:</b> David Foster Wallace, <i>Infinite Jest,</i> first edition, first issue dust jacket, Boston, 1996. $1,000 to $1,500.
  • <center><b>David Gindy's One Of A Kind Collectibles Rare Autographs & Manuscripts Auction.<br>November 15, 2018</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> An original copy of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “extending the right of suffrage to women.” $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> William Henry Harrison. Very rare signature as President. $7,500 to $10,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> 24"x32" Signed Image of Alexander Graham Bell. $7,500 to $10,000
    <center><b>David Gindy's One Of A Kind Collectibles Rare Autographs & Manuscripts Auction.<br>November 15, 2018</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Important Appointment for Harry Woodring as Secretary of War by Franklin D. Roosevelt. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Thomas Edison original patent related to dynamos for electrical lamps. $14,000 to $18,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Important 1681 Penn Land Grant to His friend Robert Turner, credited for defining the look of Philadelphia for the next 200 years. $5,000 to $7,000
    <center><b>David Gindy's One Of A Kind Collectibles Rare Autographs & Manuscripts Auction.<br>November 15, 2018</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Act of the Second Congress relating to trade with Indians issued by George Washington and signed by Thomas Jefferson. $22,000 to $27,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Document signed, August 15, 1861, appointing Fabius Stanley a Commander in the Navy. $6,500 to $8,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Abraham Lincoln. A fine example of the iconic George Clark ambrotype. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>David Gindy's One Of A Kind Collectibles Rare Autographs & Manuscripts Auction.<br>November 15, 2018</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Hector Berlioz. Rare autograph musical quotation signed, seven bars from the “Love Scene” of his choral symphony Romeo et Juliette. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> McKenney & Hall. <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America</i>, 1865, Three Volumes. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles, Nov. 15:</b> Rare Honore de Balzac handwritten and signed letter bound in book. $3,000 to $5,000
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers:<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts.<br>November 13, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, to Montgomery Blair. Washington, D. C., September 23 1864. Lincoln requests Blair’s resignation. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> WILDE, Oscar. <i>Lady Windermere's Fan.</i> London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893. First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Wilde to George Alexander. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> MILLER, Henry. <i>The Tropic of Cancer.</i> Paris: Obelisk Press, [1934]. FIRST edition, presentation copy, with an original watercolor by Miller, and inscribed by Miller. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers:<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts.<br>November 13, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> AUSTEN, Jane. <i>Emma.</i> London: for John Murray, 1816. First edition. $8,000 to $10,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. <i>The Song of Hiawatha.</i> London: W. Kent & Co., 1860. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> [JACKSON, Andrew]. Hickory walking stick presented to Francis Preston Blair. Handle with inset engraved plaque with a globe and text reading: "A. Jackson to F. P. Blair," 36 1/2-in. in length. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Nov. 13:</b> [LINCOLN, Abraham -- ASSASSINATION]. <i>Ford's Theatre...Friday Evening, April 14th, 1865.</i> Washington, D. C.: H. Polkinhorn & Son, 1865. $3,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on November 26th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> H. Schedel, <i>Buch der Chroniken,</i> 1493. Est: € 120,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> Latin and Book of Hours, around 1500. Est: € 50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> Biblia latina, Koberger printing 1493. Est: € 4,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on November 26th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> P. de Medina, <i>Libro de grandezas,</i> 1549. Est: € 6,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> C. J. Trew, <i>Plantae selectae,</i> 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> A. de Laborde, <i>Voyage pittoresque,</i> 1806-20. Est: € 8,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on November 26th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> G. Klimt, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> 1931.<br>Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> W. Kandinsky, <i>Klänge,</i> 1913.<br>Est: € 20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> F. Léger, <i>Les illuminations,</i> 1949.<br>Est: € 2,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on November 26th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> Master binding by E. Maylander, 1945. Est: € 1,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> Master binding by G. Cretté, 1934. Est: € 6,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 26:</b> S. Dalí, <i>Après 50 ans des surréalisme,</i> 1974. Est: € 8,000
  • <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov 20:</b> GAZA, Theodorus. <i>Introductivae grammatices libriquatuor.</i> Venice: Aldus Manutius, 25 December 1495. €40,000 to 50,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov 20:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo. <i>Historie di Nicolo Machiavegli cittadino, et segretario fiorentino</i>... Rome: Antonio Blado, 25 March 1532. €15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov 20:</b> BELLMER, Hans -- ELUARD, Paul. <i>Les Jeux de la Poupée. Illustrés de textes par Paul Eluard.</i> Paris : les Editions Premieres, 1949. €30,000 to 40,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov 20:</b> [BONNARD, Pierre] - VERLAINE, Paul. <i>Parallèlement.</i> Paris : Imprimerie nationale & Ambroise Vollard, 1900. €30,000 to 40,000

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